The heron is a fascinating long-legged and long-necked wading bird frequenting lakes and rivers worldwide. It flies majestically, tucking its long neck in; unmistakable due to its large frame.

For such a big bird its hunting method is awesome. Standing in shallow water, absolutely still for several minutes at a time before suddenly striking at frogs and fish with incredible speed and accuracy.

Watching herons is breathtaking and also carries many life lessons when converted to human behaviour.

The heron plants its long legs firmly, body motionless, grounded so as to become one with its surroundings. Calm, quiet and aware it waits with alert senses and presence. Total focus, total concentration; channelling its entire body into patient poise, as it waits with statue-like demeanour.

From unhurried grace to swift agile motion the heron snaps in the blink of an eye to feed. Then, it returns to stillness, quiet, calm, alert concentration once again.

Can you raise your alertness and tune into your surroundings like the heron?

Can you heighten your senses and remain grounded in the present moment?

Can you remain calm, gentle, patient and occasionally still, even motionless?

Can you blend speed, agility and finesse?

Can you balance aliveness with an unhurried nature?

Can you remain in touch with nature – alive to life?

Can you borrow the qualities of the beautiful heron?

Can you mimic the poise of the heron?

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